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From May 24 to May 25, 6am to 6am
Captain Jack’s Pirate Tutorial Friday at 2:20, 3:25, 4:30, 6:20, 7:25 & 8:30pm
Celebrate the Magic 9:45pm, 12:00am
Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade 12:30pm, 3pm
Disney’s Up All Night Dance Party at the hub 2am to 5:45am
Dream Along with Mickey 10:35 & 11:35am, 1:10, 3:40, 4:35 & 5:50pm
Frontierland Hoedown 2:45, 3:30 & 4:30am
Main Street Electrical Parade 9pm and 1am
Main Street Trolley Show at 6:45, 7:40, 8:35 & 9:25am
Monsters Movie Night in Tomorrowland 11pm to 5am (Back to Back showings of the original Monsters Inc film)
“Monster Mania” DJ Dance Party in Tomorrowland 4pm to 9pm
Monsters pre-parade 12:15pm, 2:45pm
Notorious Banjo Brothers and Bob 9:45, 10:45 & 11:45am, 1:15, 2:05, 3:45 & 5:15pm
Meet and Greets
Captain Jack Sparrow
Mickey and Minnie in PJs 11pm to 6am
Mike and Sulley: Intermittent from 11pm to 5am
Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook
Town Square Theater
Open 24 hours
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Casey Jr. Splash n Soak Station
Country Bear Jamboree
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Monsters Inc Laugh Floor
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Stitch’s Great Escape!
Swiss Family Treehouse
The Hall of Presidents
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook
Tomorrowland Transit Authority
Town Square Theater
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
Open 24 hours but with intermittent closures (am times are for Saturday am early)
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin (closed 1:30am to 4am)
Dumbo (closed 2:30am to 4am)
Haunted Mansion (closes at 5am)
“it’s a small world” (closes at 4am)
Mad Tea Party (closed to midnight to 3am)
Peter Pan’s Flight (closed 2am to 4am)
Pirates of the Caribbean (closes at 5am)
Space Mountain (closes at 4am)
Splash Mountain (closes at 4am)
The Barnstormer (closed 11pm to 2:30am)
Under the Sea-Journey of The Little Mermaid (closes at 5am)
Open 24 hours
Plaza Ice Cream
“Eye Scream” sundae
Monster Cupcakes and Cookies
Monster Energy Drinks
Just a quick note to let you know that I’ve updated the Star Wars Weekends character schedules. There’s still a few details that I need to acquire today like the Vip rotation of Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy and when Mace Windu appears vs Shaak Ti. Chip n Dale were out longer, but I didn’t get the afternoon schedule, I’ll check that, but honestly I would meet them in the morning.
You can see the schedules here:
One change I need to make:
Scratch Boba first meet. Vader arrives 8:00
I was going to post an update with photos and details, but the Wifi here is pretty bad, so I’ll work on that later.
I’ll be heading down to Walt Disney World late tonight in order to spend a couple of days at Star Wars Weekends. I hope to gather info about character locations and schedules to help you guys have an even better experience at SWW. (If you are interested in helping, just ask a CM when you get in line what time the next set(s) are for your favorite character. You can Tweet me, respond to this thread or KtP Facebook me.
So, here’s the deal…I won’t be wearing my usual Character Locator shirt because I want Star Wars character photos wearing a Star Wars shirt. IF you can locate me at Hollywood Studios (or any other park), I will have some special Limited Time KtP Magic to share with you.
In addition, keep an eye on www.characterlocator.com (bookmark it) as we will be doing a Soft Opening for the general public this weekend. There may still be a few wrinkles to iron out, but it’s pretty close to being finished. The Soft Opening preview will be totally free, but you’ll need to register to view all the data and help us test the registration system on a larger scale.
Locate KtP for a free gift this weekend!
Don’t worry, my actual house is in its usual messy state. Well, except for the areas my wife cleaned today. That reminds me that I need to tell my oldest daughter to clean her room. I wonder if she’ll read this on Twitter
I’ve been working on adding a great deal of addition information to the blog. I began the blog with the intention of helping people locate characters at Walt Disney World, then many of my friends began requesting the weekly entertainment
schedules, so I started doing that and updating every Saturday night. Then friends asked if we could turn our character schedules into an app. I really wanted to put show schedules in that app, but it wouldn’t work, so we started all over and made it killer instead! Time has come to add more data to the Blogola. One of the reasons that I chose a new theme was to allow more links on the top bar and prominently feature other items that are most used on the top left.
I’ve added new links across the top to make it easy to find what you’ll need to plan your visit to Walt Disney World and I’m working on adding the content to those areas.
Here’s some of what I’m up to:
- ATTRACTIONS - I’ll be adding descriptions and information about all the attractions in Disney World. Nothing is there currently, but will be filled in soon.
- You’ll find all the same great character schedules, the master list and interaction tips. I recently added possible locations for characters at Disneyland and I added the Water Park characters to the drop down to make them easy to find. I added top menus to help with navigation.
- In this area you’ll find great deals like free dining, room discounts and in the future I’ll add Disneyland and Cruise Line deals.
- Phase one is to get all the menus from the four parks, then add all the other counter service and table service restaurants. I have no intention of adding carts, too much work for little benefit to people. In the future I probably won’t add beverages because it takes a lot of time to tell you there’s coke, coffee, water etc…at every restaurant. I’m sure you’ll find something to drink
- I also moved the character meals information from Characters to Dining.
- Renamed this area, but it’s the same great content. I still need to add reviews for different shows and I’ll be changing the layout.
- I currently have placed Star Wars Weekends here to make it easy to find and navigate and soon I’ll add the other event info for things like Flower and Garden, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and the like. I’m turning them all into mini-sites to aid navigation. I’m doing away with the icons that I used on the old site and moving to a cleaner link them with site colors.
- Soon I’ll have information on all the hotels, so you can choose which hotel is best for your family.
- I added Park Hours for all 4 major parks. I’ll work on water parks later, but that one is pretty easy because they don’t change much.
- I added all the ticket prices for Walt Disney World Tickets.
- Soon I’ll be adding my Touring Plans. I’ll be re-writing the existing character ones based on current schedules and adding plans that offer characters and rides!
Did I miss anything that you’ll need to find easily to plan a GREAT Walt Disney World trip?
DISNEY, Walt Disney World, Animal Kingdom – Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse have a new home base at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Adventurers Outpost opens today on Discovery Island, and it’s the exploration headquarters for everyone’s favorite globetrotting duo, where they get together with friends old and new.
Step inside Adventurers Outpost, and you’ll find mementos from Mickey and Minnie’s expeditions around the world, including stunning photographs from their trips to destinations as varied as the mountains of Nepal and the savannas of Africa.
Of course, some of the best memories of all come when you get your chance to meet Mickey and Minnie, share stories of your own travels and capture that postcard-perfect photo with your Disney pals, before heading out to continue your adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
NOTE: It is a NEW meet area, but the costumes are the same. The meet will offer FASTPASS+ in the future and provides air conditioning and some Mickey magic.
|Star Wars Weekends Guide|
I’ve completed the mini-site for Star Wars Weekends! All you have to do is click a link above and it will take you to the content for which you are looking.
The Star Wars Weekends 2013 Map for Weekend One has been released. I’ve placed it as a link in pdf format and broken it up into jpg files as well. The jpg files are very large once you click on them. Enjoy
All gratitude to yulilin3 on Disboards for sharing the maps!
Usually I post photos of characters, events and such. Today I thought I’d share some feedback we are receiving on our new CharacterLocator.com mobile site testing. The above photo was from my friend Susan who has tested the response times so much that she’s worn a divot into her finger :0 Thank her when you thank the Phoenicians!
This app will be FAR more than just character meets, we are offering park hours, character meets (schedule, tips, I Met tracker, Share), show schedules, rides (still completing our wait time/fastpass script), dining menus, special event info, character dining and more to come.
We’re working through each issue as it’s presented and keeping a running file on the testing site for our testers to know that their issues are being addressed. We still have a number of things to resolve, but we’re getting much closer each day.
Here’s some actual comments from Character Locator Beta Testers:
“Parks and characters load immediately. I really like the Tips section. Love the Dining section with prices.”
“It is wonderful. Everything on the site was loading within 1-3 seconds on my iPhone 4S. Mostly within a second.”
“Site looks great. Load times are fast, when I open an area that had not been previously viewed I would say it loads within a second. Then when I load something that has been previously viewed it opens it almost instantly. Love the tips section specific to each character!”
“Just did the initial loads and reloads, 3 seconds on the first load and then 1-2 on the second (wow that’s fast!)”
“Tested again all pages loading within seconds, working great!”
“Hey Kenny!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the app!!! Super fast load time. 2-3 seconds max!!!! Great job!!!”
“I tested the site this afternoon on my phone, and it worked great! Everything loaded instantly for me. When I click on hours for each park, it loaded a bit slower, like maybe 3-4 seconds. This app will be great for our trip! ”
“Used 3G with iPhone 4S at AK today. Main AK page loaded in about a second, same on reload. Other pages under AK including character pages were about 3-5 seconds. ”
“It’s great!!!! Now I wish I was waking up in FL with ears Very user friendly & not slow on my phone.”
“Under a second for most pages! I have been testing off and on all day on wifi and most pages are up in less then 2 seconds.”
“This is amazing. Loving this!! This seems to be all the info I look for in a quick easy to use app.”
Are you as excited as me to see Character Locator PRO coming to other mobile platforms? Get to help so many more people enjoy the parks like I do!
(Rumors: There is no guarantee that anything will happen at Walt Disney World until it is officially announced or actually happens and is subject to change at any time without notice)
According to Attractions Magazine’s official Twitter account @attractions, Peter Pan will begin meeting with Wendy again beginning this Sunday at the extended queue for Peter Pan’s Flight in the Magic Kingdom. Other reports have them landing near the Adventureland entrance on the Frontierland side. I guess we’ll see soon what happens. As you can see in the photo above, Pan and Wendy used to meet next to Philharmagic before it was transformed into a magic portal for Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. It was a great location with shade a nook for a line and Tink was there above them.
In other news the new Mickey & Minnie meet to be known as The Adventurer’s Outpost in Animal Kingdom is expected to open on May 15th instead of the original target date of May 12th. Eeyore will still be leaving the park with Donald & Daisy moving to Discovery Island Boat Dock and Pooh and Tigger taking over for Mickey and Minnie in Camp. Pocahontas recently made ANOTHER move. This time she moved to
Discovery Island CAMP MINNIE MICKEY (effective 5/12/2013). We met Mickey and Minnie in Camp together by being the first to arrive
I just realized that I hadn’t actually posted about the new Princess meet and greet that will be coming later this year. It was reported on numerous sites that the meet will offer two separate lines (each with FP+) that will feature Cinderella + one other princess and Rapunzel + one other princess. Guests will know exactly which extra princess they will meet with before entering the queue. Aurora will definitely be in the rotation and I fully expect Snow White not to have a dedicated meet and greet in the Magic Kingdom after the change. Merida will be staying in her location and the new “Frozen” princess will end up with a new location. I haven’t heard of any plans to cancel Tiana or Jasmine’s regular meets in the Magic Kingdom yet. Jasmine has made random appearances at Town Square Theater, especially in the evenings.
I’ve also heard that Sofia the First will not begin appearing until “Fall.” Initially it was reported that she would begin in “Late spring.” If Fall is correct, it MAY point to Sofia taking Wreck-it Ralph’s location as it would be a full year for Ralph and Vanellope. Ralph wasn’t intended to be a very long-term character. He’s already been retired from Disneyland.